Source: John B. Green Collection #380.2.b Staff Person: Jonathan Dembo Description: Seen in the photograph above are four, unnamed, concrete-hulled river steamers at the Newport Shipping Corporation shipyard, in New Bern, North Carolina. They are obviously incomplete and unnamed. Built to solve the desperate shortage of steel for shipping during World War I, they were [...]
Source: William N. Still, Jr. Papers (#139) East Carolina Manuscript Collection Staff Person: Dale Sauter Description: Featured are two undated photographs of onsite trailers serving as living quarters for factory workers and their families for World War II-era shipbuilding workers. These workers were employed at the North Carolina Shipbuilding Corporation’s yards at Wilmington, North Carolina.
Source: Junius D. Grimes Papers (#571) Staff Person: Lynette Lundin Description: Take a step back in time to 1914 Greenville, N. C., in this C. E. Weaver Series, “Illustrated Cities”, by Central Publishing Co., Inc., in Richmond, Virginia. Greenville was growing and changing: The Center Brick Warehouse was selling Bright Leaf Tobacco (93,762 pounds avg. [...]
Source: Benjamin B. Winborne Papers, collection number 691-005 Staff Person: Dale Sauter Description: Today’s staff pick features a Spring and Summer 1912 Hat Sales Brochure for clothing manufacturer, Dunlap & Co. Inside the cover is printed the local sales agency, Sole Agency, Hampton Roads Hat Co., Norfolk, VA. Interestingly, this street scene features both a [...]
Source: Barbour Boat Works, Inc. Records Staff Person: Dale Sauter Description: This image offers a nice view of the Barbour Boat Works factory in New Bern, North Carolina. The business ended in the mid-1980s. Included in the Barbour Boat Works, Inc. Records are important ship drawings, correspondence and photos. We plan to add descriptions of all [...]
Source: The Daily Reflector Image Collection, Staff Person: Dale Sauter Description: The “cat’s eye” marble reflector was invented in 1933 by Percy Shaw of Boothtown, Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat%27s_eye_(road)
Source: Barbour Boat Works, Inc. Records, 1943-1998, East Carolina Manuscript Collection #758 Staff Person: Dale Sauter Description: General Motors Corporation (GMC) has flourished throughout much of its history as a major American automobile manufacturer. Considered “one of the big three,” alongside Ford and Chrysler, GMC was created in 1908. The great Wall Street crash in [...]
Source: Capus Waynick Papers, Manuscript Collection 421 Staff Person: Dale Sauter Description: This week’s staff pick celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the completion of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Originally a Depression-era public works project, the original groundbreaking took place in September 1935. In 1987 the last section was completed near Grandfather Mountain. The parkway is [...]